Immunizations are important at every life stage, including infancy, childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. Protection from some childhood vaccines can wear off over time; therefore, adults, including pregnant women, may also be at risk for vaccine-preventable disease due to age, job, lifestyle, travel, or health conditions. Vaccines can help protect pregnant women and their fetuses against serious diseases.
Below are several immunization-related resources. Immunization booklets (in English and Spanish) and Flu resources are also available.
Vaccines.gov Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
The federal gateway to information on vaccines and immunization for infants, children, teenagers, adults, and seniors and offers a Flu Vaccine Finder that assists people in finding a flu clinic in their area. This HHS site is also available in Spanish.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, CDC
- Recommended Vaccines by Age Provides an immunization schedule for recommended vaccines for all ages, from birth to 60 years or older.
- 2018 Recommended Immunization Schedule for Children and Adolescents provides printable schedules by age group or medical indications, as well as vaccine catch-up guidance with an accompanying schedule, portable and easy-to-read schedules in English and Spanish, an app, schedule creator, quizzes and more.
- Pregnancy and Vaccination Covers vaccine safety before, during and after pregnancy, vaccines to get during pregnancy as well as those before and after pregnancy. This site is also available in Spanish. A Pregnancy and Vaccine handout that reviews the need for whopping cough and flu vaccines during pregnancy and the importance of vaccines after giving birth is also available.
- Vaccine Safety Provides information about the safety of each FDA-approved vaccine, vaccine safety research, common concerns and links to additional information as well as information for parents and caregivers and healthcare professionals.
Vaccines for Children - A guide for Parents and Caregivers Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, FDA
Provides information on the importance of vaccines, benefits and risks, routinely-administered vaccines for children, steps to take when a child is vaccinated, Q&As on vaccines and their safety, and links to more information. This FDA site is also available in Spanish.
Healthychildren.org Source: American Academy of Pediatrics
Provides information and articles related to vaccines and immunization for children, teens and adults.
Vaccines 101: Information for WIC Staff Source: Every Child by Two - Charter/Bumpers Champions for Immunization (supported through funding provided by a CDC cooperative agreement)
Includes key vaccine messages and a list of vaccine-preventable diseases; discusses how WIC staff can screen young children to determine if they are up-to-date on their vaccinations and how to refer those individuals in need of vaccines. This guide can be downloaded to the right.
Healthcare.gov Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, CMS
Contains information on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and how it will affect you. Also discusses health insurance basics and a tool to help individuals and families find the best health insurance for their needs. Includes a section on immunizations. This CMS site is also available in Spanish.